What's a Big Bang ficathon? It's a challenge, not an exchange, designed to promote longer-format fiction.
big_bang_hd is the original big-bang ficathon. There are a number of others inspired by it, including sgabigbang and tardis_bigbang.
The big-bang format generally includes:
- a high minimum word count, ranging from 20K to 40K for the really big ones
- an art challenge to go with the fic challenge
- internal deadlines structured to help writers conquer the long format
- a support comm for wibbling and wittering
- sometimes, a matching system for writers and beta-readers
- a draft deadline, when artists are matched to stories to illustrate
- a final deadline for both stories and art
- an external archive where stories and art can live for posterity
We're tentatively thinking of doing the following:
- both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel the Series
- any pairing or gen, any rating
- 30,000 word minimum
- writer signups to end in mid-January
- artist signups to end in late February
- an internal progress-check milestone in mid-February
- a fic draft due date on the first of March, after which artists get their stories
- fic + art due-date at the end of March
If you're a writer, would you be interested in writing for a long-format ficathon? Are those winter dates more or less clear for you? If you're an artist, would you be interested in illustrating a story? Have you any words of wisdom for us?